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New Business Familar Face.  Family, friends and clients joined Sarah Coffey to celebrate the opening of her new shop Emerald & Greene in Ledbury with champagne and canapes.  After 13 years in partnership at The Orangery, Sarah has now reopened in the high street at 5 The Homend selling handbags, mens presents, clothing and accessories, luxury bath products and candles and a new range of vintage evening wear and accessories.  1. Celia Scriven, Sarah Coffey and Anna Paisley 2. Claire, Fingal and Tom Dickens 3. Debbie and Hannah Betambeau 4. Jane Thornburn, Louis Calleja, Issy McCarthy and John Nash 5. Anne Addis 6. John Goodwin and Christopher Nicholson 7. Louise Little and Lily Roberts 8. Sue Frost and Lynne Goodwin 9. Olivia Coffey, Louise and Alice Paisley 10. Alice Topham,Vicky Crowe and Jade Gibson 9

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Betty Twyford

Kitchenware of distinction

Between You Me And The Aga A look into the journal of Betty Twyford, Domestic Goddess and AGA queen.

Betty relies on pork tenderloin to impress her mother in law I have been cleaning like a mad woman. This is born out of nervous energy, at the prospect of George’s mother’s annual visit. She doesn’t exactly run her finger across the shelves, but she seems to have a way of making one feel inadequate. I realise of course, that this is my problem and I remind myself that all things being equal, my skill at cooking is far superior to hers. I am not proud of the childish way I am reacting, but I can’t be a paragon of virtue all of the time. I think my pork tenderloin in red wine sauce will do the trick and if it doesn’t, well, who is to blame? BASIC RED WINE SAUCE 1kilo mixed vegetables – swede, carrot, onions, garlic, parsnips, celery etc chopped quite small 90g butter 90g flour Sauté the vegetables in the butter adding seasoning and mixed herbs. Place in the simmering oven to soften. Bring back to the simmering plate and add flour, cook for about 2 minutes, then add: 1 tin chopped tomatoes 500ml stock 250ml red wine 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Make into a thick ‘soup’ and place into the simmering oven for about 1hr. Press the soup through a sieve and adjust the seasoning. Add a little more liquid if the sauce is too thick, the sauce should spoon over the meat like a thick soup. PORK TENDERLOIN 1 thick pork tenderloin cut into four, each weighing about 585g. 500g puff pastry, cut into four sections 100g pate cut into four (25g each) 4 sprigs rosemary 1 egg, beaten for the pastry Cut off any visible fat from the tenderloin. Make a lengthways slit in the top of each tenderloin and fill this with the paté. Pinch the meat back into shape and place on the pastry that has been rolled out to measure 20cmx20cm. Cover with a sprig of rosemary, and then fold the pastry around, like an envelope. Seal across the top with the beaten egg and place on a roasting tin. Place onto the grid shelf on the bottom set of runners and roast for approximately 30-35 minutes. Pour over the red wine sauce and smile nicely.

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DINING rooms

By Gail Scott Telephone 01568 780978 or 07801 534245 gailscottinteriors.co.uk

Whether you have the luxury of a separate room or your house is open plan, the dining “room� is an important area in your home but one that often attracts the least attention when planning an interior.

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A separate dining room can have a dual purpose and is the ideal space for a home office. The key to transforming the room from office to a stylish room to entertain guests in is to choose flexible furniture. A bureau is a perfect piece of furniture to house a computer and general office paraphernalia and can be closed up at the end of the day or when you are feeding the family or entertaining guests. When combined with a matching sideboard and dining table you have all the storage and surface area you need. For a dramatic affect 18

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why not consider lining the walls of your dining room with shelving to create a library within the room. What better space for children to complete their homework and what a wonderful canvas to create a warm and welcoming area to entertain your guests. If the dining area is open plan, either to the kitchen or to the lounge, classic elegance with cleaner lines and sleek finishes works well. The dining area can be sectioned off by furniture, flooring and textiles. A sofa can act as a room divider without blocking

out any light. A change in floor finish is a perfect solution to zoning areas and a fabulous way of adding detail and style to your scheme. The dining room is the perfect room to play with textures and finishes. It can be one of the smaller rooms in the home so the addition of an oversized mirror on one wall is the perfect way to bring light, a feeling of space and drama into the room. Framed with a 10cm dark wood border it becomes a fantastic statement piece which works


well with classic and contemporary schemes. If the dining room is particularly dark consider glass shelving with a mirrored back or mirror finish sideboard to create light and space. Sideboards are practical and can be great statement pieces to add to a dining room. Available in many finishes from gloss lacquer in vibrant colours to ones with faux suede doors to create a glamorous look. Timeless classics have been updated with quirky elements such as stainless steel capped feet or modern finishes such as the Trolsta finished in black and available from Ikea. As with sideboards many styles of table are readily available on the high street and range from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand. If you have the space a round table on a pedestal is ideal for large dinner parties. These are available in many finishes to suit both classic and contemporary schemes. When choosing your dining room chairs consider mixing old and new styles. A traditional wood finish table with modern Ghost chairs by Phillippe Starck provides an interesting combination. An eclectic mix of styles works well in an open plan dining area particularly when combined with a glass or lacquer finish table. Simple elegance with luxurious materials such as velvet and leather works well in a dining room. Play with textures rather than heavy patterns. Tailored finishes to the windows brings an elegance to the room and can be given a modern twist by choosing one of the

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Lizzie Bunting 01989 564542 www.lizziebunting.co.uk. wonderful new fabrics launched this Spring. Romo’s new Piemonte decorative velvets is a luxurious collection of contemporary cut velvets. A combination of rich jewel like colours on a warm neutral background it is a sumptuously tactile collection of multicoloured stripes and geometric patterns which will create impressive statement features for upholstery or roman blinds. Traditionally red and its many tones is a colour used to paint dining rooms as, according to theorists, it is an appetite inducing colour. Violet also veers towards the red spectrum of the colour wheel and has many of its characteristics especially when mixed with plumy tones. For an updated feel why not try using the berry colours like raspberry or blueberry with a dash of pistachio. Bon Appetite.

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Create mood and atmosphere in your dining room with lighting. There are chandeliers suitable for every budget and look wonderful over the table. LED lights set into the floor give a dramatic affect to a wall. A large arc light with one of the plethora of shades available will make a fabulous statement piece and bring individuality to your room.

Nothing beats the simple elegance of white linen but if you want a table that sparkles in candlelight add metallic finishes to table runners and napkins Don’t worry too much about having matching china. Mixing different styles and patterns brings individuality to your room.

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As I write my shoulders are aching from laughing, I’ve become prone to fits of the giggles and when I pause for thought, an involuntary smile nudges up the corners of my mouth…

Words by Sharon Chilcott Photographs by John Teale

It’s not that I’ve been to a really good comedy show or even just heard a particularly witty joke. In fact, I really don’t have a reason for laughing except when I think back to last evening, which found me lying on the floor, in a roomful of, for the most part, complete strangers, in paroxysms of mirth. Personally I blame John Read Smith, both for his deep, gutsy chuckling (of which more later) and

more to the point, for putting up the poster in the first place. With the dark, dank days of autumn drawing in, and needing cheering up, I was mooching around his antique shop in Monmouth when I came across the one thing I was least expecting. How could someone of a curious nature resist the intrigue of a ‘Laughter Class’? I put the idea of going along to Wye Valley Life’s publisher, Heidi, who

starts to laugh. I ask John Teale to come along to take photos and he starts to chuckle. Meanwhile I’m tittering too. Already this is catching! Laughter leader Jayne Ebrey is full of smiles when we meet at the Bridges Community Centre in Monmouth, just before the start of the regular monthly class, which she has been running for the last 18 months or so. “Laughter is sunshine ›› NOVEMBER 2009 WYEVALLEYMEDIA.CO.UK

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‹‹ for the soul,” she says, running

me through the benefits I can expect: “Laughter is a stress buster, strengthens the immune system, burns calories, is aerobic exercise, releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), encourages positive thinking and creativity.” The list goes on. She also claims it’s a winter cold cure. “It’s improved my general wellbeing, I find that colds aren’t as severe, if I get them at all.” But what I like most is the idea of laughter being an alternative face-lift. ”It’s anti-ageing and brings a glow to our cheeks and a twinkle to our eyes.” I can’t wait…. Jayne, from Llanvaches near Chepstow, first came across the idea of Laughter Yoga when she saw a TV news clip about a class in India run by Dr Madan Kataria, known as the Giggling Guru. “It caught my attention at the time, because I was really impressed to see how people could get together and laugh for no reason and improve their health, spirits and wellbeing. Then I forgot about it until about two years ago, when I was chatting to a friend who was going through a lot of troubles at the time and she said ‘I can’t remember the last time I had a really good laugh’ and I said ‘I can’t either’ and it jogged my memory. I did a Google search and found out about Laughter Yoga International. I

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discovered a course being run in St Albans a few months later, by Lotte Mikkleson of Laughter Network UK, to train leaders, so I went along.” Since Dr Kataria devised Laughter Yoga in 1995 the idea has spread all over the world and there are now more than 6,000 laughter clubs in 60 countries. Locally, it is also starting to catch on and increasingly Jayne is in demand not only to work with groups in the community, but also to lead corporate team building days and wellbeing classes for staff. She has also just been asked to hold a session for the Parkinson’s disease Society. “I came to this after a time when I had been though life’s ups and downs and I have found it very good for coping with that. What started as a personal interest has opened up a whole new career for me,” she says. Smiley-faced club members are now starting to arrive and I’m interested to know what they get out of this intriguing exercise class. John Read Smith is first on the scene: “I love it,” he says. “It makes me feel very relaxed and makes my senses tingle. Afterwards it feels like I have done a fair amount of energetic things, it gets your heart pumping and can be quite exhausting actually.”

Jane Evans was drawn to the idea because she had never heard of it before. ”I just thought I would see what it was all about. It was the laughter that attracted me. Sometimes you go to things and people are very serious, and here it doesn’t matter if you make a fool of yourself. When I tell other people about it they imagine that it’s more yoga than laughter, you have to see it to believe it. It’s not something you can really explain. I am a really bad sleeper, and when I have come here I really get a good night’s sleep.” “It’s true what they say about laughter being the best policy,” says Fee de Bruler. “When you start laughing naturally and you can’t stop it’s like an internal work-out. Laughter is also youthful and you use all your facial muscles. I carry on laughing for a few hours when I go home.” One of several raw recruits, Stephanie Harris now arrives, announcing ebulliently that, “Every time I say I am going to a laughter class, everyone laughs!” I know exactly what she means. We are about to start and Jayne promises she will soon have us all laughing for no reason, without humour, jokes or comedy, in fact,


Passionate people WVM without speaking to each other at all. We are to “Fake it till you make it”. I still have no idea what to expect, but previously Jayne has explained to me that although Dr Kataria started off the idea of laughter classes with people telling jokes, making fun of each other and fooling about, after a couple of weeks they got fed up, finding the jokes racist, sexist and too personal. “He did some research and came back with the concept that when we are children we just laugh playfully, without thinking about it. Children laugh about 400 times a day, for no reason, but when we are adults we might laugh only 12 times a day and we think about what is funny, using the left hand cognitive side of the brain. He devised laughing for no reason, for laughter’s sake, by doing silly exercises, a bit like method acting, and this stimulates the right hand creative side of the brain. Once you start laughing, even if you are faking it, you are releasing endorphins which de-stress and lift your mood automatically.”

“...clapping hands, chanting, ho-ho-ho-ing, talking gibberish and gobbledegook...”

So, on with the exercise routine: no inhibitions here – we throw ourselves into it and the next hour finds a group of about twelve of us clapping hands, chanting, ho-ho-ho-ing, talking gibberish and gobbledegook to each other, prancing around in delight pretending we have won the lottery, popping imaginary champagne corks, playing pretend bumper cars and acting like silly schoolchildren, after all, that’s the idea. All this is coupled with breathing exercises, the yoga part, to bring in more oxygen to our bodies and brains and make us feel more healthy and energetic. Earlier, Jayne told me the session finishes with laughter meditation, where everyone lies on the floor and just laughs spontaneously. At that point, I had my doubts. Three quarters of an hour into the class, the time has come, and here we all are holding our sides in fits of giggles. The laughter subsides, someone starts off again, often John with his distinctive belly laugh, and we are all splitting our sides again. The windows are thrown open to let in the fresh air and I suddenly wonder what anyone passing by would imagine could be so hysterically amusing. The session ends, and one new recruit admits she is worn out and exhausted but exhilarated. As for me I’m not sure what to make of it, it’s outrageous, but strangely contagious. I’m still laughing, so is everyone I mention it to!

What Can You Do? Some of Jayne’s ideas for bringing laughter into your life: • Practice laughing for around 5 minutes each day. Fake it until you make it. • Look for humour around you – on signs, in people, on TV, in newspapers • Laugh with other people when they laugh • Wear a smile. It brings you closer to laughing • Seek out entertainment which makes you laugh • Buy and listen daily to a tape of laughter, a laughter box or laughing toy • Wear silly clothes or hats that make you laugh • Be creative with fun and make sure you have fun • Give yourself permission to laugh at anything you need to • Do at least one silly, non conformist thing a day •

Have a cartoon or screen saver, photo or newspaper cutting at hand that makes you laugh

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Fashion WVM

Woolly Winter Warmth

Keeping warm and cosy doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your style. In fact quite the opposite, woolly hats and winter knits open the door to a plethora of stylish warmth solutions.

Brightly coloured woollen scarves from Seasalt are the perfect accessory for Bonfire nights and cold winter’s days. Hintons Country and Gardens 01568 612277 www.hintonscountry.co.uk

Divine cashmere scarves. www.perilla.co.uk

Lisbeth Dahl hat and scarf embellished with pearls, beads, sequins and stones. A glamorous twin set for chilly days. White Hall Fabrics and Interiors 01432 870 883 www.whitehallfabrics.co.uk

Super stylish throw, perfect for curling up in on a winter’s day in front of the fire with a good book. Lizzie Bunting 01989 564542 www.lizziebunting.co.uk

Originally from Usk, Katie Mowat realised the potential in her grannies knitting needles following a trip to America and witnessing the buzz surrounding knitting, following Gwyneth Paltrow and other stars embracing the hobby. She quickly set about launching her own business named ‘Grannies Inc’ that sees grandma’s knitting made-to-order beanies via a website. Visit www.granniesinc.co.uk to design your own beanie hat to stay stylish this November.

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Weddings WVM

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weddings

Photography by David Latham

The marriage of Charlotte, daughter of John and Sandra Jones of Lower House Farm, Huntington, to Jake, son of Baz and Gail Marshall formally of Lyonshall, took place on Saturday 4th July 2009 at the church of St. Thomas a’ Becket, Huntington and afterwards at Lower House Farm, Huntington.

Jake and Charlotte met in 2004, after pursuing education and travels afar in the years before they both returned to Herefordshire, where they were introduced to one another at a cricket club dinner in Kington. Jake was greatly enamored with Charlotte and sought her number from his best friend Jonathon, who happened to be Charlotte’s cousin. Charlotte soon fell for Jake’s charm and charisma and he soon became a key part of Charlotte’s family business: farming and a dairy processing plant in Huntington. In 2008 Jake proposed to Charlotte, whilst skiing in Austria. The bride wore a glamorous gown designed by Mori Lee from Amore. The bridesmaids were Emily Cleland, Rebecca Jones, Jess Jones, Sophie Jones and Harriet Jones and they wore beautiful satin dresses to match the colour scheme. The pageboy was Master Henry Kay. Jonathan Morgan was Jake’s best man, whilst the ushers were Barry Williams, Ben Marshall, Adrian Menhennet, Andrew Barden and Paul Morgan, who was master of ceremony. The ushers wore morning suits from High Town Hire. Charlotte was welcomed to the church by the sound of bells, rung by her uncle Robert. During the service Clementine Lovell, who is originally from Herefordshire traveled from over

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Italy to sing at the wedding, she sang O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini. Following the service the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Marshall were waved off from the church in a shower of confetti in a vintage Alvis, by kind permission of Percy Powell. Charlotte and her mother Sandra had planned the wedding together. They wanted the day to be informal and individual and to represent the pair’s lively and welcoming characters. The reception was held in a marquee on the lawn. Charlotte wanted to follow a country chic theme, with vintage bunting and freshly cut flowers. Guests enjoyed Pimm’s and a delicious array of canapés, gifted to the couple by friend Katie Whittall. The wedding party then sat down to

a delicious breakfast with a strong local theme. Herefordshire beef from Risbury was washed down with a local beer from the Wye

Valley Brewery. This was followed by summer fruits, supplied by friend Angus Davison topped off with cream from the family business. Guests had traveled from far and wide to celebrate the marriage, from Tipton, Derby and London to Italy, New York, New Zealand and Australia. Their day was enlightened by jovial speeches, followed by an evening of dancing and even a beautiful duet sang by the bride and groom. Chinese Lanterns were lit to mark the occasion and were even noted on the local radio, as passerby thought there were UFO’s over Kington. After the wedding the couple jetted off on honeymoon to a romantic retreat in Egypt. NOVEMBER 2009 WYEVALLEYMEDIA.CO.UK

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Mens gift guide WVM

Typhoon chopping board and ‘mezzaluna’ herb knife. Pinches Pantry Cookshop The Hop Pocket Bishops Frome 01885 490757 www.pinchespantry.co.uk

Gator HPX/ XUV 4x4 Diesel Alexander and Duncan Leominster 01568 613434 www.jd-dealer.co.uk/alexanderandduncan.co.uk

Bath house Spanish fig and nutmeg toiletries White Hall Fabrics and Interiors 01432 870883 www.whitehallfabrics.co.uk

Keep it by the front or back door, stag wellington boot scraper

For work and play an HTV is such a boys toy

Hintons Country and Gardens Leominster 01568 612277 www.hintonscountry.co.uk

Bill Davies Honda ATV Leominster 01568 750474 www.billdaviesatv.co.uk

Make a statement with an Omega watch Pleasance and Harper Ltd Hereford 01432 272248 www.pleasanceandharper.com Bergamot scented sachets for boy’s sock drawers Crows Feet Ross-on-Wye 01989 763698 www.crowsfeet.net

PURE Evoke Mio portable DAB/FM Radio in leather cloth available in Chilli, Moss, Chocolate, Midnight and Candy English Audio Hereford 01432 355081 www.englishaudio.co.uk

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Founded by Thomas Albert Matthews, who was somewhat of a legend, having acted for the infamous and fellow solicitor Major Herbert Armstrong, known as “the Hay Poisoner”, who, in 1922 was convicted and hanged for poisoning his wife. The case brought to light one of the most notorious murders of the early 20th century. It is reputed that Armstrong was the only solicitor to be hanged in England. Before his hanging Armstrong wrote to Thomas Albert Matthews saying “Thank you my friend for all you have done for me, please convey to your staff my gratitude for the work they put in. No team could have worked more loyally or with more devotion or duty.” Today’s team at T.A.Matthews uphold the tradition of loyalty, client devotion and attention to detail and to mark their centenary they celebrated with a dinner dance at the Priory Hotel in Stretton Sugwas. Photographs by Jenny McKirdy 1. Steven and Clare Lloyd 2. Bob,Sue and Tracey Rudd, Ray Craddick 3. Derek Backhouse, Sally Backhouse, Chris Smallwood, Rodney Smallwood, Pauline Matthews, His Hon. Judge David Matthews 4. Frank and Jen Lane 5. Gill Madge, Sandra Portman, Laura Mitchell, Muriel Mitchell, Freda Massey, Teresa Ingarfield, Fran Wood and Jackie Saunders 6. Heather Razvi, Steph Griffiths, Pam Arnold, Rodney Smallwood, Linda Hart, Gill Pryce 7. Ian and Rebecca Goodwin 8. Richard Pryce, Gill Pryce, Steph Griffiths, Ken Griffiths, Hart, Linda Hart, Heather Razvi, Pam Arnold and Rodney Smallwood 9. Rodney Smallwood, Chris Smallwood and Malcolm Speight 10. Sandy Portman, Martin Davies, Freda Massey and Jennifer Davies 11. Sue Bythall, Jo Baker, Elaine Griffiths, Gemma xxx, Tracey Welham and Jen Lane

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